Stephen J. Ball is a Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Member of the Academy of Social Sciences. His main work is in the field of 'policy sociology': the use of sociological theories and methods to analyze policy processes and outcomes. His specific research interests focus on the effects and consequences of the education market in a variety of respects including: the impact of competition on provider behavior; the class strategies of educational choosers; the participation of private capital in education services; and the impact of 'performativity' on academic and social life. He is currently researching edu-businesses and venture philanthropy, focusing on development in Africa and India. His recent book Global Education Inc. (Routledge 2013) examined global trends of neoliberalisation in education.
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